22nd November 2005
Launched in the build-up to Christmas, it’s an exciting addition which provides another dimension to the festive attractions of the city.
specially for the
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Under Scan is a stunning new interactive art experience featuring the world’s brightest projector.
Scan will be unveiled at 6pm on Friday 25th November and will remain in place for 10 nights until Sunday 4th
December before touring Leicester,
It’s a free, outdoor video art installation in which the public
become the stars of the show in a huge interactive shadow-play. People walking
in the night-time Under Scan area will find unexpected people appearing in
their shadows as video-portraits of local people (including some 200 people
Under Scan has been commissioned by the East Midlands Development
Agency (emda) in association with
other regional partners including Arts Council England in the
“This unique new artwork will shine a bright spotlight on the region and its vibrant cultural quarters,” said Ross Willmott, emda board member with responsibility for ‘Under Scan’.
“It demonstrates our commitment to encouraging innovative approaches to public space and, as a hi-tech installation, reflects our strengths in science and technology.”
Donald Nannestad, City of
is fitting that Under Scan is helping celebrate cultural regeneration, as
Under Scan utilises highly sophisticated, integrated technologies. The world’s biggest projector (110,000 lumens of intensity) is being installed to flood a vast area with bright light, creating shadows of people walking through it.
A sophisticated camera and sensor tracking system will detect people as they walk in the area, and a video portrait of another person (selected at random from thousands of video portraits of local people) will appear in their shadows.
Under Scan is the latest instalment of Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s
acclaimed ‘Relational Architecture’ series which includes high-profile
commissions for the United Nations World Summit in Lyon, the Millennium in
Note to editors
Lozano-Hemmer is available for interview in the
Lozano-Hemmer (37) has forged a global reputation through work shown in more than 25 countries, major international commissions and awards and the ongoing creation of his ‘Relational Architecture’ series of large-scale installations in public spaces, deploying cutting edge technologies.
He recently exhibited
at the Art Basel Unlimited exhibition, the Shanghai Biennial, the Liverpool
Biennial, the Instanbul Biennial, Bienal de Habana, ARCO
He has won two BAFTA
awards for interactive arts, in 2002 and 2005. He has also won a Golden Nica
Award at the Prix Arts Electronica in
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